Tatita Marquez, Jeff Crowell, and Cami Mennitte
Eau Claire, WI
Percussionist Tatita Marquez is an advocate and researcher of the Candombe style of music. As a graduate of the School of Music in Montevideo (Uruguay) and the School of Music at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Marquez has published eleven works in his field of research on Candombe, produced six albums, and has represented his home country of Uruguay on four continents. He was the Uruguayan cultural representative at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Fan Fest in South Africa as well as represented Uruguay at the 2012 Yeosu Expo in Korea, the 2013 SXSW Festival in Texas, and the 2013 Inter Expo in Brazil. He was chosen by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony to represent Uruguay in the television program “Q’Viva,” and was recently selected by UNESCO to conduct a survey of Candombe in Uruguay. Marquez will be presenting and performing at PASIC 2016 alongside Dr. Jeffery Crowell and Cami Mennitte. Crowell is Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and Mennitte is a currently a percussion performance major at the University of Wisconsin at Eu Claire.
Dr. Jeffery Crowell is Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire (UW-Eau Claire). Before joining the faculty at UW-Eau Claire, Crowell taught on the faculties of several colleges, including Purdue University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance with minor fields in jazz performance and electro-acoustic media from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. He is active throughout the United States as a percussion performer, clinician, adjudicator, and educator with performances internationally and nationally including South Africa, Argentina, and Uruguay. Additionally, Crowell has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Louie Bellson, David Samuels, Henry Mancini, Lou Harrison, David Garibaldi, Buddy Baker, Glen Velez, Nebojsa Zivkovic, and John Bergamo. He has performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, presented and performed at previous PASICs, is in the motion picture The Majestic starring Jim Carrey, marched with the Velvet Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, and has taught on the staffs of numerous award-winning groups including the Tournament of Roses Marching Honor Band. Crowell currently serves on the PAS Education Committee and has previously served on the PAS Music Technology Committee.
Cami Mennitte is a student at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire majoring in music with an emphasis on percussion. She started playing drum set at age 14 and started playing candombe around the same age. Cami is originally from Córdoba, Argentina and moved to the US to pursue a music career three years ago. In this journey the young percussionist encountered not only a different culture that she could learn from but also a much different style of playing percussion and music. Camila became interested on the cultural exchange that comes from playing music and decided that she wanted to exchange elements of south american drumming with percussionists from the northern hemisphere. This is because after three years of living in the US she had learned that there are idiosyncrasies in the music from both cultures that would be helpful for each other. Camila believes that elements of candombe can serve concert percussionists, drummers and really musicians of any kind. She plans to continue her journey in music by expanding on these concepts and learning more about drumming from both American music and Latin American music.